‘What a shame!’ Manchester United legend blasts United star ahead of the start of the season

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Manchester United kickstart the season with a weekend clash against Leeds United on Saturday.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be aiming for a successful season this term, but he’d have to start the campaign without the explosive Marcus Rashford.

Rashford could miss up to two or three months of action having only recently conducted a surgery on his shoulder.

Rashford managed the situation last season and also went on to play for England in the Euros.

Former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe has branded Rashford’s act as a shame, insisting that he should have done the surgery during the summer holidays rather than miss the start of the season.

He told Metro: “I think it’s a shame because he’s needed this operation before he went to the Euros. He had very limited minutes (in the Euros) and it might have been better for him to stay at home and have the operation a little sooner. But that obviously didn’t happen, and I think he’s going to be very tough to replace.

“I don’t think the club will go out to buy someone to replace him because it is only two to three months and I think it’s a chance for people like Mason Greenwood to step up and show what he can do.”

He also backed young forward Mason Greenwood to be impressive this season.

He said: “I don’t think he needs to move away, I think he’s got bundles of talent and ability. I think he’s a natural goalscorer. He can probably play either on the left or right and eventually may even play as a number nine down the middle the way he scores goals.

“Like I say he’s still young he’s still got a lot of learning to do and he’s got a lot of good players that can teach him what he needs to know.

“I think also when you’re at a club like Manchester United playing 60-70 games a season with three cup competitions and a tough league schedule he’s also have some international involvement so I think they’ll be plenty of games to be involved in and I think he’ll get plenty of minutes on the pitch.”